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Rai-fan
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FYI - MyComicShop has a CGC 6.5 copy of Tales to Astonish # 14 for sale for $265.

Given that the "F/VF" copy you saw may have only graded out at 6.5 vs. 7.0, it's a far better deal than $750.
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Ibis
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rai-fan wrote:
FYI - MyComicShop has a CGC 6.5 copy of Tales to Astonish # 14 for sale for $265.

Given that the "F/VF" copy you saw may have only graded out at 6.5 vs. 7.0, it's a far better deal than $750.


My only attempt to purchase from them was so ineptly handled, that I will never buy anything from them again. They've burned their bridge with me. I used to communicate my dissatisfaction about them whenever I saw anyone praise their service. I wanted people to know there was another side to the way they treat their customers. I conveyed my dissatisfaction so clearly that they wrote me a year after I did business with them, to find out what my gripe was. They listened and yet offered no resolution. Time went by and I continued expressing my point of view. Finally, Conan emailed me and again wanted to know what my gripes were. I politely gave him a very detailed list from beginning to the end of the transaction and made it clear that I was offering constructive criticism so that no one else would experience the same thing I had experienced. Short of them taking a list of about thirty comics, replacing them with the grade I bought, and paying me my overtime rate for the hours I wasted on their website and dealing with their customer service, there is no resolution.

Ironically, you are the second person today to suggest that I purchase from them. A comic reader that I work with has been buying from them. I asked him about various stages in the ordering process and I asked him about the packaging. Apparently, they have implemented many of the suggestions I made to Conan. I'm convinced that they are a better company now than they were a decade ago.

Regardless, I made up my mind that there would be consequences for the way they treated me. Buying from them again would mean that there were no consequences. I forgive them, but the damage was done and it's irreversible.

Some speculate that I must have been rude to them or unreasonable. I was extremely polite, but I did question why the order handling was not adhering to their published policies on their website. My attitude is rather extreme because despite the entire customer service experience being unacceptable, I received 30 comics out of 30 damaged due to inept packaging. The condition of the comics I received is something I don't even want in my home. I will probably throw them in the trash someday if I get upgrades because it still angers me to look at them.

You should be able to tell by my lengthy response that I have a strong opinion about my experience with them.

I don't sit around trying to sabotage their reputation. I just give a snapshot of my experience. I know they have a lot of satisfied customers. That's cool.

If I was going to fill in my collection by purchasing from online retailers, I'd probably buy from Metropolis. For midgrade items, I've been pleased with their prices and the condition of what I get. My only problem with Metropolis is that I have to take a day off work to sign for the package at home. If I'm willing to waive the signature requirement and risk a $400 comic being stolen from my doorstep, I think I should have the right to take that risk. Sitting at home costs me hundreds of dollars, I get behind on my work, plus my day is wasted. I would rather take the risk that it got stolen. I live in a very low crime area.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to hear that.

I've had good experiences with MyComicShop, Metropolis and even Mile High --- although _every_ time I've ordered from Mile High they fulfilled only 75-80% of my order (and therefore gave me $40 or so in coupons).

My favorite online dealer, however -- both in terms of _strict_ grading, tight packaging, and customer communication is World Wide Comics.

I've bought probably 1/2 a dozen raw books from them that I then slabbed and nearly all exceeded the advertised grades.
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Ibis
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rai-fan wrote:
Sorry to hear that.

I've had good experiences with MyComicShop, Metropolis and even Mile High --- although _every_ time I've ordered from Mile High they fulfilled only 75-80% of my order (and therefore gave me $40 or so in coupons).

My favorite online dealer, however -- both in terms of _strict_ grading, tight packaging, and customer communication is World Wide Comics.

I've bought probably 1/2 a dozen raw books from them that I then slabbed and nearly all exceeded the advertised grades.


I rarely buy online anymore. I've seen World Wide Comics online. I'll keep them in mind if I change my mind.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Comic book show Sunday. Let's see if I buy anything!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2018 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wasn't real pleased with the selection. I was about to walk out empty handed, but went ahead and grabbed these. $80 for both... so $40 a piece. Wasn't pleased with the condition, but settled for the pence copy because higher grades are harder to find on those anyway.

Journey Into Mystery #71 (Pence Version)


Journey Into Mystery #81
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grabbed this today...

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Ibis. I have this guy with a question. I don't know the answer but if your interested in reaching out to him let me know. Seems like a question right up your alley!

BILL SANDS,

I am looking for any information about a comic book published by BULLFROG Comics. D.N.A. defensive neutralization arsenal #1
I cant find any info other than a Picture anywhere on the web
thanks
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Ibis
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, your assumption isn't necessarily bad. I have a lot of depth in my familiarity with comics off the beaten path. I had never heard of this and really know nothing about it. I found the cover as you did.

I do have a little experience digging for info on the web. Google and search engines in general are horrible these days.

Here are some things that might help

https://www.manta.com/c/mmjllcv/bull-frog-comics

Just keyed up this podcast. (I'm having a problem paying attention as I search some more..)
http://www.twistedpop.com/podcast/tp-ep-0018/

"Bryan founded Bull Frog comics in 2001 in Albuquerque, NM. He produced a number of titles – some with our own Troy Winscott. Bull Frog eventually merged with Across the Pond and they kept producing comic books together. But that doesn’t seem to stop Bryan from putting together a whole lot of side projects. He’s currently working on a book series and a whole lot more."

Possible contact info for the founder... address & phone numbers given. Be careful before assuming it's safe to call a number online.
https://www.fastpeoplesearch.com/mr-bryan-michael-king_id_G-2778814014822989955

Interesting home (?) for the founder... not familiar with New Mexico architecture..
http://www.google.com/maps/place/7620+Redwood+Dr+NW,+Albuquerque,+NM+87120/@35.1010554,-106.7234614,3a,61.7y,177.88h,93.5t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1shRFa1vLXubt6D4m64t6hrg!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo0.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DhRFa1vLXubt6D4m64t6hrg%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dsearch.TACTILE.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D86%26h%3D86%26yaw%3D179.71303%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i13312!8i6656!4m5!3m4!1s0x872272a7fffc95bd:0xbf18ec7322dbcc2b!8m2!3d35.1008485!4d-106.72346

Across the pond products on mycomicshop.com
https://www.mycomicshop.com/search?TID=560801
Nothing at GCD (comics.org)

I could dig deeper, but the podcast says a lot. He sure talk like a big publisher, yet none of his products have much of a presence online.

Okay... I'm still digging

https://www.cgccomics.com/resources/publishers/

"Across the Pond Studios

Based in Port St. Lucie, Florida, Across the Pond Studios was founded in 2000 by Stephan Nilson as a home for his first title, Government Bodies. Since this initial release, ATP has grown from an independent publisher into one of the preeminent production studios in the comics industry currently providing material for Image Comics, Speakeasy Comics, Alias Entertainment, and Desperado. ATP was the first studio to ever create exclusive CGC Variants to offer to collectors and even created an alternate cover exclusively to be put into a CGC holder. The CGC’d Atomik Mike Variant has since been featured in Wizard Magazine, Comic Book Resources, and Scoop, helping ATP gain the popularity of a growing, high-quality comics studio. Their titles include ArmorX, Atomik Mike, ATP Presents, Government Bodies, Metal Locus, Iron Ghost, and Extinction, and have featured the talents of Chuck Dixon, Sergio Cariello, Keith Champagne, Karl Waller, Andy Smith, Stephan Nilson, Israel Cruz, Bryan King, Rick Bonilla, and Steve Scott. More information on the studio and their many projects can be found on their Web site: http://www.acrossthepondcomics.com ." (web link is bad)

There's a Bryan King sketch (or 3) at comicartfans.com ... related?
https://www.comicartfans.com/GalleryPiece.asp?Piece=607349

I'm seeing a CGC connection with this archived web page..
https://web.archive.org/web/20060426195833/http://www.acrossthepondcomics.com:80/

Since I don't know what you are looking for... I think I will give up.
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